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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What's Wrong with DC's Movies

Hey guys. I've been thinking since my video game reviews and other content is a bit sparse that I might branch out, just a bit, into some other media. I won't really address anything I can't comment on so, while requests are a nice thing, I personally will just talk about what I want to talk about as it comes to me.
Batman v. Superman was released a while ago but its effects are still going on even now. I hear people defending the movie for very small points but ultimately I feel it is the absolute worst of all DC's movies, and I say that knowing that there are probably some direct to video titles that DC has done their best to shove under the rug. Honestly I don't think, and really hope, it doesn't get much worse than this. I personally consider myself to be a Marvel person though that's more of a wish than an actuality. Not only are the majority of the comics I own from DC but I often find myself being drawn back to DC in one way or another. Marvel is sort of a daunting company, almost monolithic. Even more so now that they've been acquired by Disney. The ultimate problem I have with Marvel is the fact its far too difficult to get into any of their content without a guide. While this can be true for DC as well the difference is that DC has its own one off stories which make up the bulk of my limited amount of comics. If I don't want to discover an entire universe I can just pick up one of their Elseworlds stories and get my fix without having to do prior research if the comic was handled correctly. Apart from something like Days of Future Past there's not really that much that Marvel doesn't cross over or blend with their other series. While this is great for long time fans, any newcomers will be confused to say the least. But we're not talking about Marvel here.
The reason I consider it to be the worst comic book movie is a simple case of not handling the characters sensibly. I watched snippets of the movie with a break in between every so often of walking somewhere else to let off some steam by their ridiculous decisions. I want to say first off that Batman and Superman both kill people, though they don't revel in it or go into a fight with the intent to kill. Its more of like an after effect like Batman punching someone so hard they go into cardiac arrest or asphyxiate but since Batman is kind of an asshole and doesn't call the paramedics they just end up dying. And Superman could just forget how strong he is as well as doing what I previously mentioned about Batman as well. The furthest I think they should ever take Batman straight up killing someone in the media is basically what happened in Batman Begins where he just refuses to save someone from certain death. I don't really understand why most people had a problem with how Zod was killed by Superman in Man of Steel. While a boring movie, the scene was actually my personal favorite, being very conflicting for him. He ended up having to kill not only one of the few members of his dying race but also simply to protect innocent people. However the idea of Batman willingly killing people in BvS and actually taking further measures to do so knowing full well they would die from it spits in the face of the character.
Prior to writing this I got caught up with the first season of Gotham. The interaction between Bruce and Alfred is a really clear example of how their relationship would immediately crumble should Alfred know as he has had a troubled past. Father figure or not, torturing people and brutally killing them isn't something Alfred has been okay with in the comics. The only instance I can ever remember him being 'okay' with this is in the really god awful All Star Batman and Robin series. And even then they had a moment where Batman realizes he's done something awful to someone as he sees the Green Lantern almost die in front of him and saving him is a turning point where he vows not to kill any more criminals.
Zach Snyder has gone on record stating he has no idea what to do or what he's doing. The very flimsy reasoning behind Batman killing people comes from The Dark Knight Returns from which he based the character off of. To which I have to say if he really wanted to make the Dark Knight Returns why not just make it? As it is now cannon, Batman brutally kills people. I would say this would put him in stark contrast to Superman as he would never tolerate his behavior without a stern warning, non-Elseworld or alternate universe Superman anyways. But given that this version really just doesn't seem to care at all just completely screws up the dynamic of what the characters have been for the past X amount of decades. In contrast, Civil War came out a while ago too and stayed true to the main characters. Granted I have no idea why Tony Stark would be in bed with the government on the decision of registering superheroes but it actually makes sense given the albeit terrible comic the story was lifted from. Even the part about Spiderman being the posterboy for the registration, though that was more fan service and cameo stuff than from the original story line. Point is the characters weren't compromised for their movie appearances and were portrayed as competently as possible.

Thanks for reading this. I'm not entirely sure if I'm going to keep up with non video game articles but if it allows me to write more in lieu of lacking video games then I think this will work out.

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